2020 Ford Bronco: Here’s What We Know So Far

Mustang, Explorer, F-150 – Ford has some long-running nameplates in its stable. One of its most famous has laid dormant for over two decades now… but it’s about to make a comeback.

For thirty years, the Bronco was a mainstay of Dearborn’s truck lineup: a two/three-door SUV that went up squarely against the Chevy Blazer. But in the wake of the notoriety it achieved in the spotlight of the O.J. Simpson trials of 1994 and ’95, Ford discontinued the Bronco in 1996. (So much for the myth of there being no such thing as bad publicity.)

The automaker toyed with the idea of reviving the truck in 2004 when it revealed a new Bronco concept at the Detroit Auto Show. 14 years later, it still hasn’t put that show truck into production.

But a little over a year ago, the Blue Oval automaker announced the Bronco will return in 2020, and reiterated those plans just a few days ago. Here’s what we can expect when the legend returns.

2020 Ford Bronco rendering from Bronco6G

Prepare to get Boxy

After decade and a half of design evolution, we wouldn’t expect the production Bronco to follow the 2004 concept too closely. But you can anticipate a similar form, with rugged truck styling updated for a new era. Ford may, however, use the opportunity to showcase a new design direction for its truck lineup.

Breaking with tradition, word has it that the new Bronco could ditch its two/three-door form in favor of a more popular and versatile four/five-door setup. Picture a downsized Expedition, or a Ranger with a wagon roofline (instead of a pickup bed), and you likely won’t be too far off.

Alternatively, you can check out these speculative renders of the rumored five-door model from the folks over at Bronco6g.

2020 Ford Bronco 5-door render from Bronco6g

What about the interior?

The interior will also likely follow similar themes that we’ve seen inside other Ford trucks. Expect the automaker to pack in all its latest infotainment technologies, centered around its Sync 3 system. We’d be surprised to see more than two rows of seating, though.

Platform and powertrains

As a mid-size SUV, the Bronco will likely borrow much from the new Ranger – another truck nameplate that Ford recently brought back into its North American lineup. The five earlier iterations of the Bronco were all powered by straight sixes and V8s. But these days, Ford’s all about EcoBoost. So we’ll likely see a turbo four (or maybe even the compact 2.7-liter turbo six) under the hood, driving all four wheels through a ten-speed automatic transmission.

2019 Jeep Wrangler range

Who are its main competitors?

With many formerly truck-based SUVs having gone the way of the crossover, the closest competition the new Bronco may face is the Jeep Wrangler and the Toyota 4Runner. If the Chevy Blazer and Toyota FJ Cruiser return, those would likely be prime competition as well. Ford will, however, continue to challenge the crossover market with the Edge and Explorer, and larger SUVs (like the Chevy Tahoe and Toyota Sequoia) with the Expedition. So don’t expect it to be too car-like, or too big.

When will I see it at my dealer and for how much?

Ford has indicated a 2020 return for the Bronco, which means it could reach dealers either as 2020 or 2021 model. Expect pricing to start in the high-$20,000 or low $30,000 range.

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  • Dr Strangefinger

    I think I’m going to like this new Ford a lot.

  • ErnieB

    All I know is I want it!

  • TrevP

    I love the idea of a 4-door Bronco.

    • TheHake

      Nooooooooooooooo. Then it will just be an Everest.

      • SgtBeavis

        I get what you’re saying but you can pretty much say that’ll be a lock. Look at the Wrangler Unlimited’s sales numbers and you’ll realize that the Bronco MUST have a 4 door version to compete. That doesn’t mean they can’t make a shorter wheelbase 2 door version to go along with it.

        • TheHake

          I guess it will just be an Everest in any case. 🙁 Oh well, doesn’t really make a difference since I won’t be able to buy one.

  • Bash

    I can’t wait to see the new Bronco. I hope Ford stays true to the concept and the boxy shape, I don’t want to see two door ranger!

    • This, at first I already assumed the worse and it will be rebadged Everest.

      • TheHake

        Me too. And that would be a damn shame.

      • Bash

        That is exactly what i meant mate, I don’t know why did i say Ranger when i was thinking Everest in my mind. Thanks!

        • Lol I did not realize that. But Everest is basically an SUV version of Ranger so you aren’t exactly wrong.

  • Rocket

    All indications are that the Blazer is in fact returning soon, but it will yet another unibody crossover. Think Chevy-badged Acadia, not a hardcore off-road machine.

  • ME

    Unlike imports, building a 2/3 door won’t be a tariff issue. Wrangler still offers it so why not Bronco? I’m all for one but I’m also curious to see what the smaller SUV is about.

  • fabri99

    On a side note, those early-2000s american concept cars are still amazing looking nowadays.

  • ErnieB

    I want a 2/3 door version.. hope they make that an option!

  • lagunas3ca

    It’s no Dodge Ramcharger.

  • ME

    Will this be revealed at the NY Auto Show?

  • Ford really hit the mark with this, the shaped looks so good so far and when was the last time you saw spare wheel in the back?

  • brn

    Here’s what you know so far? Apparently, not much. A bunch of wild guesses, but what about..

    Will it be BOF? Will it be able to tow? Are we talking about a serious off roader with locking differentials? How about something meaningful?

  • Astonman

    I read somewhere that the smaller sized trucks like yesterdays that we like won’t pass crash test.

    • Jerry Hightower

      The older models may not be able to pass the current tests but the manufacturers could build newer small trucks that would. After all, they still build small cars. So just saying a small truck wouldn’t pass the tests is bogus. They don’t test older vehicles against the latest tests.

      • Astonman

        true. It would be nice to get just a small truck. Saw a bunch of cool ones in Jordan recently from Toyota and others.

  • Astonman

    I’m lovin’ that boxy profile look already!

  • Harry_Wild

    Only one more year to wait to have it release to the public and then another 6 month before it go into production and should be in dealers showrooms by September 2020 if everything goes on schedule! Otherwise, 2021!

  • Luis Fernando Sierra

    Very good, but the wheel arches looks more like an original International Scout that original Bronco style.

  • Darnell Robeson

    Ok I must comment. The fullsize Bronco was discontinued because it was replaced in ’96 by the Expedition. Just like the ’91 Explorer replaced the compact Bronco II. It had nothing to do with OJ being in a chase in one.
    Also, Ford ALREADY announced it will come as a 2-door and 4-door iterations. They also released a teaser pic A WEEK AGO which u actually show above. It shows its boxy proportions. Not an Everest. Why not report the facts u already have? Why continue to confuse ignorant readers?

  • Keysrat

    The Bronco will be a four door boxy Everest with off-road bias suspension components and at least a locking rear diff if not both front and rear. Depending on trim level. It will have an open air feel. I hope along with removable roof hatches the rear corner windows are removable and the rear window lowers into the tailgate.

    The four door market is just way larger than the two door. One only has to look at Wrangler sales to see that fact. There is a saving grace for the two door enthusiasts.

    Ford said they will also release a smaller even more off-road capable rig. That’ll be a two door. Probably solid front and rear axles and lockers for both. So if you want a two door you can get the smaller one which will probably be a larger Troller. Those are just my theories.

  • Keysrat

    They have enough pickups. It will just cannibalize those sales. So no Bronco pickup.

  • David Pickford

    Send a few spies to Australia where this car is being designed and developed and you may snap a few pics of the car, they do a lot of closed testing in the You Yangs just outside Melbourne but often the their test mules are seen in the area on local roads. IMO l think it will be based on the Everest but with distinctive panel work and with the Ranger Raptor chassis, engine wise is think the first primary would be the 2 litre TT diesel out of the Raptor/Ranger range then a version of the 2.3 as fitted to American Rangers and then hopefully the TT2. 7 or 3.5 litre V6s.

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